A Cherokee prophecy, escalating natural disasters and strange sounds, mark the approaching end of planet Terra, our Earth. When Jewel Adams leaves home school for high school in her senior year, she discovers she’s not the only one with special abilities. Jewel, the Fletcher twins and Storm Ryder share a destiny as the only ones who might avert the coming disaster, but will their enhancements be enough to save Terra? Jewel sees auras and through disguises. Sky is a strong empath and her twin brother Pax, the only one who can calm her, is able to smell pheromones and other scent molecules better than a bloodhound. Storm’s telekinesis seems to be the most practical gift, but can he control it during one of his rages? Will an ancient enmity between two star systems cause their mission to fail? Are they willing to take the chance? If they don’t, Terra will self-destruct and mankind will be destroyed.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Patty Perrin (aka P.T.L. Perrin) whose book Terra’s Call captivated as well as enchanted me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love science fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Perrin, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Perrin will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful P.T.L. Perrin!
Patty Perrin, who writes under the pen name P.T.L. Perrin, grew up in Europe as a military brat, with no television and a huge imagination. Books were her entertainment and augmented her education in German, Italian and American schools overseas. She speaks several languages and enjoys the diversity of people and cultures.
She is writing the YA Syfy TETRASPHERE series as pure entertainment and to answer some of the unanswerable questions about our amazing universe. She has always been interested in the belief systems of other cultures and believes that God is far bigger than the human mind can comprehend. Why would the Creator of this vast universe limit intelligent life to one tiny speck of a planet? What if other inhabited planets are interacting with Earth?
One question led to another. What happened to Atlantis? What do the giant geoglyphs at Nazca mean? Who built the pyramids found all over the planet and how did they do it? Did dragons exist? Who are the Ant People who saved the Hopi nation from extinction? What if the fate of our planet were in the hands of four young people, each with special abilities, and each with his or her own struggles?
Terra’s Call, the first book of the tetralogy, was a 2016 finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards.Triton’s Call, the second book, is a 2018 finalist, and in the running for an award.
Patty and her tennis-pro husband Bill are parents and grandparents of a fluid, constantly growing family. Happily married, they live in south Florida where they exercise bragging rights in the winter, and enjoy the long summers, and where Patty is writing books she would have enjoyed reading back when she didn’t have television.
Now, how wonderful does Perrin sound?! Perrin is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Perrin’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Perrin, I hope that you enjoy Perrin’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.
Thank you for having me! I’m Patty Perrin, writing as P.T.L. Perrin. I grew up an Army Brat with four of my five siblings, mostly in Germany and Italy. Dad had retired by then, so we went to German school one year, and Italian school the next. For us, learning a new language was a necessary life-skill. While in Italy, we finally got into the American school system where I graduated before going to college in Munich, Germany. We had no television, so books were a vital source of entertainment. Our parents didn’t censor anything, and our book-inspired education often went beyond our grade level.
I was adventurous, traveled a lot, and was completely in denial of my own mortality, which gives me a wealth of experiences to draw from when I write. I’m also quite happy that long-term memory is the last to go, because those were colorful times.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
Terra’s Call is the first of a four-book series entitled TETRASPHERE. It’s the story of four genetically enhanced 17-year-olds with special abilities who discover they will have to save the world from self-destruction or all will be lost. Who enhanced them? Why them? How are two alien races linked to the problem and, possibly, the solution? The young people put many of the pieces together in the first book, but will they agree to take on the responsibility? Will they have a choice? The next three books take them to some of Earth’s most mysterious places where the challenges become increasingly complex while time is quickly running out.
I felt a strong urge to write this story because my curiosity and conviction that we are not alone in the universe drove me to start researching. It started with a tetrachromat and her painting…
As you must know, the weather has been increasingly unstable in recent years. I can think of several recent storms that broke records. Long-dormant volcanoes are erupting, earthquakes and tsunamis are wreaking havoc, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Global climate change has been happening since pre-history, so why now? One thing led me to another, and the story formed. I believe our Creator is intimately involved with each of us, and it became obvious that He was in this with me. The scenes came to me fully formed. I had long conversations with the characters at the oddest times. In short, what for some would be called insanity, for me was the makings of a series of books.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
WRITE! Get your thoughts and feelings down where you can see them, feel them, and build a story around them. If you want to write well, learn the craft. There are plenty of courses, many online, that can teach you the elements of a good story. Read a lot of the books in the genre you want to write in. You’ll develop an innate feel for how a good book should read, and as you write your story, don’t worry if those elements don’t seem to be coming together. It’s your work. You can fix it later.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
The most important? Is there one word for plot, character growth, conflict, and readability? Speaking of my own experience, a book must engage me and keep my attention. I must be able to relate to or be sympathetic to the protagonist(s). If the book is full of spelling or word-usage errors, I’ll stop reading it, so editing is vital.
What is your writing process like?
I’m a marathon writer, grateful for National Novel Writing Month and its related Camp. For those unfamiliar with it, Nanowrimo is a challenge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. The ‘camp’ offers the same challenge for another month during the year. I’ve started all four books in the series during one of these challenges. Once the first 50,000 words are down, I use the following months to finish the books and go through the editing process. I don’t limit my writing to the challenges, but they keep me focused so the bulk of the work gets done.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I LOVE researching for my books, and never stop. I have notes everywhere with story ideas that come from research. I watch programs like Ancient Aliens, Blue Planet, and others on the History or National Geographic Channels. When things grab my interest or might be relevant to the books, I dig deeper online. Every website leads to new links, which open new possibilities, which lead to more research. If I don’t stop myself, I could easily get lost in cyberspace. I even watched a fascinating two-hour video lecture on quantum physics, and I am not mathematically inclined. The information was vital to the conclusion of the series.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I have set months of concentrated writing, but often sit down to write when I feel inspired. I might write in my blog or put together an article for another blog or website. I write backstory for my characters and ideas for new stories. Once I start a book, I write until it’s finished, usually during the day between 10am and when my eyes give out. I realize not everyone has that luxury, but most of the writers I know are younger than I am and not-yet retired. There are advantages and disadvantages.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I’m a life-long reader, at least since I learned to read, and I have many favorite authors. Some older ones are Robert A. Heinlein, Ann McAffery, C.S.Lewis, Tolkien, Eric von Daniken, Madeleine L’Engle, and too many to list. Recently, I’ve enjoyed Vera Nazarian, C.L. Roman, Yvette M. Calleiro, Kristine Kohut, Julie Moffett, S.K.Ryder, Donna Carbone, Terri Collica, Melissa Banczak and many others. Can you tell that I read a lot?
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
The books I currently have available are on my website, including the second and third books of the TETRASPHERE Series: Triton’s Call and Voice of Viracocha. The fourth and final book, Terra’s Anthem, is set for release on December 10. One book on the website, Reflections of a Misfit, will be available for purchase again following its re-release in March of next year.
Thank you again for having me, Aimee!
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with P.T.L. Perrin! If you have liked what you have read about Perrin and are interested in learning more about her as well as reading her work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,